Super Eagles and Wigan defender Leon Balogun has rated former Bolton Wanderers captain Austin Jay-Jay Okocha higher than Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu.
The Super Eagles defender admitted that the Arsenal forward had a fantastic career, but he believed that Jay Jay has something extra that made him the most gifted player out of the West African country.
“I always admired Kanu, you know he is very tall, very lanky and that’s technical, it is not easy,”
“Even though I picked Jay-Jay, Kanu definitely deserves a lot of respect because he has been through a lot, also physically.
“For me one of the greatest in the history of Nigerian football”. He said in a live Instagram session.
Kanu and Okocha were in the Dream Team squad that helped Nigeria win the gold medal at Atlanta 1996 Olympics, the pair also enjoyed more than 13 productive years with the Super Eagles.
Meanhwile, Okocha in a recent interview revealed how he used his dribbling ability to fight racism during his spell in the German Bundesliga.
Okocha was at Frankfurt between 1992–1996, but in no time, the African star took over the division with his sensational dribbles, something he said was the only way he could repay the Germans for all the racist abuses he and other African players suffered.
“When I first got to Europe, it was Germany that I went to and the level of racism there was high. I never knew I was black until I got to Germany.
“When I got the opportunity to sign a deal and I signed, I was like – how am I going to repay this person back in a legal way. Then, I decide to dribble them in order to show am a racist.” Okocha said.
The 1994 African Cup of Nations winner finally departed Germany after falling out with his coach Ottmar Hitzfield, but he made 90 appearances for the and scored 16 goals in return.
One of the highlights of his career in Germany was a goal he scored against Karlsruher SC, he dribbled in the penalty box and slotting the ball past about six defenders, before slotting the ball past Germany legend Oliver Kahn in goal.
The goal was voted Goal of the Season by many football magazines and also voted as 1993 goal of the year by TV viewers in Germany.